40+ Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
Over 40 tried and true favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes that your entire family will love, whether or not they’re vegan! From sides to mains, and even dessert, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these classic Thanksgiving recipes.
Choose any of your favorites to create your very own vegan Thanksgiving menu fit for all eaters.
With tons of gluten free vegan Thanksgiving recipes as well, each recipe has been approved by non-vegans, making these the perfect recipes for your Thanksgiving feast!
If you’re vegan, or one of your family members is vegan, then you know the stress of making sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s not fun, and during the holidays, we just want to relax!
Don’t worry. With this vegan Thanksgiving recipes round up, we’ve compiled the best of the best of the Internet’s Thanksgiving recipes- all 100% vegan, dairy-free, no eggs, and even tons of gluten free options- without sacrificing any taste!
Pro Tip: If you’re specifically looking for vegan Thanksgiving desserts, check out this vegan Thanksgiving desserts round-up here!
So no, you won’t be eating a bed of steamed green beans and cranberry sauce for dinner 😉 Make any of these recipes, and they’ll soon become a family tradition that you’ll be making year after year!
Table of contents
- What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving?
- Grab my free downloadable Thanksgiving meal planner!
- A Vegan Thanksgiving Menu to please all eaters
- What to make for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner?
- Are these Thanksgiving recipes allergy-friendly (i.e. gluten free, Paleo, grain free, nut free?)?
- Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers, Small Plates, and Dips
- Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes
- Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
- Family Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving?
If you’re a new vegan or are interested in serving some plant based options at your Thanksgiving dinner, let’s go over the basics of what would constitute a vegan Thanksgiving recipe.
In order to be vegan, the recipe needs to be:
- No Eggs
- No Meat
- No animal products of any kind
In previous years, this might have been very hard to recreate classic and traditional Thanksgiving recipes in plant-based form. However, now we have a plethora of plant-based versions of family favorites that taste as good, if not better than their conventional counterparts. (And if you’re thinking ahead, check out our favorite Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes!).
Grab my free downloadable Thanksgiving meal planner!
A Vegan Thanksgiving Menu to please all eaters
In this menu of favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll find veganized versions of classics, such as stuffing and gravy to some twists, such as stuffed acorn squash and fall harvest salad.
Every recipe is entirely vegan, dairy free, egg free, and meat-free. Many of the options below are also very allergy friendly (meaning they might also be gluten free, grain free, and nut free).
This also means that every recipe in this post is also a vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe. While vegetarians at times consume dairy, a vegan recipe means that it’s also vegetarian-friendly, as it still doesn’t contain meat nor eggs.
You’ll find recipes that all family members will love, whether or not they are vegan!
What to make for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner?
Of course, making 40 vegan Thanksgiving recipes would be a bit much (not to mention, very stressful on timing everything!).
Here’s how I recommend planning your vegan Thanksgiving menu. Choose:
- 1-2 appetizers/starters
- 1 main dish
- 3-5 side dishes
- 2-3 desserts
This will depend on how many people you’re serving.
You can add more or less, and of course if everyone wants their absolute favorite, people can take home leftovers (aren’t Thanksgiving leftovers part of the experience anyways?! 😉 ).
Are these Thanksgiving recipes allergy-friendly (i.e. gluten free, Paleo, grain free, nut free?)?
There are definitely some allergy-friendly vegan Thanksgiving recipes that go beyond just dairy free and egg free in the mix. In fact, most of the recipes are, and if not can be, made gluten-free and nut-free.
Without further ado, let’s feast!
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers, Small Plates, and Dips
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup
Super creamy and rich healthy vegan pumpkin sweet potato soup that’s ready in under 30 minutes! Secretly protein packed, this creamy pumpkin soup is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table or any chilly fall evening!
Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
Incredibly easy creamy vegan butternut squash soup made from roasted butternut squash and packed with nutrients for an undetectably healthy fall comfort food recipe! The perfect weeknight soup recipe!
Sweet Potato Hummus
This healthy sweet potato hummus is a twist on the classic version! Made without chickpeas, creamy, slightly sweet, and absolutely spoon-worthy, you won’t be able to stop with this easy, 5-minute dip!
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes
Easy Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta (Nut Free + Gluten Free)
This super creamy vegan pumpkin pasta is full of vegan cheesy and warming spices goodness! So easy to make, no blending required, and ready in just 20 minutes, this dairy free pumpkin pasta is the perfect cozy fall dinner recipe or holiday meal!
Vegan Lentil Meatballs (Gluten Free)
The ultimate vegan lentil meatballs that are completely gluten free, protein packed, and full of Italian flavor! Made with only 7 simple ingredients!
Classic Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese (Gluten free!)
This deliciously creamy and gooey baked vegan mac and cheese is made with just 5 ingredients and tastes just like the classic version! Naturally dairy free, vegan, and gluten free, this easy vegan mac and cheese is perfect for weeknight dinners or holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Best Ever Vegan Hummus Lentil Loaf (vegan meatloaf)
Vegan hummus lentil loaf that’s perfect for all eaters! Easy to make and a great healthy main dish for the holidays!
Best Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe (Gluten Free Option)
This is THE BEST vegan lasagna ever, and it’s just so easy to make. With layers of garlic rosemary lentils, marinara, gooey vegan cheese, and pasta noodles, this easy vegan lasagna has been fully approved by my Sicilian grandmother. A family favorite for dinner, protein packed and it’s easily made gluten-free!
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach (Gluten Free)
This super simple and creamy vegan mushroom pasta with spinach is the perfect healthy pasta dinner recipe to have on rotation during the week. It’s made in just 30 minutes, packs in a lot of flavor and nutrients, and is naturally dairy free, gluten free, and nut free. Perfect for picky eaters!
Vegan Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
This super easy vegan lentil and quinoa stuffed acorn squash recipe makes for the best healthy Thanksgiving side dish or main! Garnished with fresh pomegranate seeds, this gluten free and vegan side dish is the perfect recipe for all eaters!
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Garlic Sage Cream Sauce
Soft, pillowy sweet potato gnocchi that are easy, and completely Paleo, gluten free, and vegan, yet you’d never know! With fresh sage and garlic combined in a creamy coconut milk sauce, these homemade gnocchi are incredibly easy to make and perfect for all eaters!
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese
This pumpkin mac n’ cheese from Orchids + Sweet Tea is the perfect vegan main that can secretly be packed with protein (use chickpea or bean pasta for gluten free and protein!). Plus, it’s full of cajun seasoning for a deliciously flavorful twist on the classic!
Creamy Instant Pot Vegan Mushroom Risotto
My family’s favorite vegan mushroom risotto recipe made in an Instant Pot! This creamy mushroom risotto is entirely dairy free, vegan, and made with farro for a twist on a classic Italian dish! Perfect for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas dinner, or even a vegan Thanksgiving! Make it entirely gluten free too!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
This version of a gluten free vegan shepherds pie is so easy to make, and absolutely delicious! It’s actually a recipe I developed together with Forager Project, and can be found on their website, linked here!
Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
Best Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole | Easy + Gluten Free
This vegan sweet potato casserole is THE sweet potato casserole recipe to make. Made entirely dairy free, egg free, and gluten free, this vegan sweet potato casserole is so easy, only requires 10 minutes of prep work, and is an absolute crowd pleaser on Thanksgiving, whether you’re vegan or not!
Best EVER Classic Vegan Dinner Rolls (easy!)
These are the absolute best ever classic vegan dinner rolls! No one can tell that they’re vegan; they’re just the most melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy, and tender pull apart dinner rolls ever, perfect for any occasion and only 5 ingredients!
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
If you want that classic creamy and cheesy potato dish, these easy and secretly vegan and dairy free scalloped potatoes are it! Wonderfully rich, flavorful, and delicious, you won’t even miss the real cheese and butter!
How to make Perfectly Crispy Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts Every Time
Learn how to make the BEST crispy roasted Brussels sprouts with crispy outer shells and the most perfect caramelized soft yet still crisp inner layer. Delicious, so easy, and fool proof!
How to make Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes in the Oven (EASY!)
These crispy roasted sweet potatoes are so easy and simple to make, you won’t want them any other way! Ready in just 30 minutes in the oven for the perfect flavorful side dish to any meal!
Buttery Herbed Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe (Vegan! No Eggs!)
This unbelievably delicious and buttery herbed gluten free stuffing tastes just like your grandma’s stuffing- and secretly vegan! So easy to make and full of flavor- you won’t bevieve it’s gluten free!
Garlic & Herb Vegan Dinner Rolls (Plush & Fluffy!)
These super soft and fluffy garlic and herb vegan dinner rolls only need 8 ingredients for the most flavorful, vibrant, and aromatic dinner rolls ever! These easy dinner rolls are a delight to make and eat, and perfect for all eaters, whether or not they’re vegan or dairy free! Gluten free option available!
Quick & Easy Crispy Roasted Red Cabbage Recipe
This roasted red cabbage recipe is super easy, garlicky and tangy, and vibrantly delicious! Perfectly crispy with tender centers, and a creamy yogurt dill sauce to top!
Amazing Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Super Creamy & Fluffy!)
These vegan mashed potatoes are the epitome of fluffy, creamy, and velvety rich. Super easy to make, and absolutely no one will know they’re vegan and dairy free! A crowd pleasing side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner, vegan or not!
Easy Soft & Fluffy Gluten Free Dinner Rolls (Vegan)
Pillowy soft & fluffy gluten free dinner rolls that are so easy to make. No bread machine, no xanthan gum, and vegan! Everyone loves these rolls, gluten free or not.
Easy Cheesy Vegan Garlic Bread (Pull Apart Bread)
Soft, gooey, and cheesy vegan garlic bread made in the form of a cheesy pull apart bread! Easy and fun to make, this vegan pull apart bread is full of fresh rosemary, garlic, and gooey vegan cheese for the ultimate vegan comfort food! Perfect for a tear and share appetizer or side!
Best Ever Vegan Cornbread Recipe (Easy!)
This is the ultimate vegan cornbread recipe: super moist, soft, buttery, and just lightly sweet. You won’t be able to tell that this cornbread recipe is vegan, eggless, dairy free, and easily gluten free. A classic Thanksgiving side that everyone will love, vegan or not!
Best “Buttery” Vegan Biscuits (Gluten Free Option!)
Get ready for the best “buttery” flaky, deliciously soft and tender vegan biscuits ever! These vegan buttermilk biscuits are so easy to make, easily made gluten free, and taste just as good as the classic. Everyone will love them, vegan or not!
Easy Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Easy and simply roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts make for the best vegan Thanksgiving side for all eaters! Entirely dairy free, gluten free, vegan and easily made Whole30 friendly, this healthy side dish is ready in 30 minutes!
Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing
If you’re looking for a gluten-free and easy twist on the classic stuffing (made vegan of course), then this wild rice stuffing is just your recipe. It’s full of seasonal flavorings, and the perfect accompaniment to your vegan main!
Roasted Mashed Cauliflower with Vegan Mushroom Gravy
Deliciously creamy vegan mashed cauliflower with a vegan mushroom gravy sauce that’s perfect for a healthy side to your Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations!
Family Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Here’s a link to a full collection of vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes! However, below you can find a few of our favorites.
Best Ever Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Secretly Healthy + Easy!)
This secretly vegan healthy pumpkin pie recipe is truly my favorite. With a flaky vegan crust and creamy and rich filling, this healthy twist on a traditional pumpkin pie is full of pumpkin spice and the perfect pie vegan recipe for your Thanksgiving table!
Secretly Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie
Gooey and rich vegan chocolate pecan pie that is secretly egg free, dairy free, corn syrup free, and can be gluten free! Plus, this chocolate pecan pie is SO easy, it’ll be the easiest recipe you make for your Thanksgiving dinner!
Best Ever Healthier Vegan Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup!)
My favorite Paleo vegan pecan pie recipe that’s completely gluten free, dairy free, and a fourth of the sugar that traditional pecan pie has, yet tastes like the classic! Made with a vegan Paleo pie crust and simple ingredients, it’s the best pecan pie you’ll ever make!
Better Than Starbucks Vegan Coffee Cake Recipe
This is truly the best vegan coffee cake ever! With its perfect crumb texture and sweet cinnamon vanilla flavor, it tastes just like the classic and even better than Starbucks, only entirely vegan and gluten free!
The BEST Vegan Healthy Apple Pie (Gluten Free Option)
The ultimate healthy apple pie recipe that’s secretly vegan and gluten-free! Topped with a flaky crust and caramelized gooey cinnamon apples, you’ll never know this apple pie filling has no sugar added!
Creamy & Rich Vegan Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Recipe
This decadent caramel pecan cheesecake features a quick and easy creamy caramelized brown sugar cheesecake filling baked in a pecan graham cracker crust and topped with gooey caramel pecans! Absolutely no one will know these holiday cheesecake is vegan, dairy free, and contains no eggs!
Super Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Pie (Gluten Free)
This vegan butternut squash pie is full of warm fall spices and is so creamy and decadent yet is entirely dairy free and gluten free! A wonderful Thanksgiving dessert for all! One of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving pie recipes If you’ve been a long time Banana reader, then you know how much I love Thanksgiving
Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars (Secretly Vegan)
These secretly vegan easy pumpkin pie bars are packed with the delicious fall flavors you love from classic pumpkin pie yet in bar form! Low sugar and low fat, these healthy pumpkin pie bars are the perfect healthy fall dessert recipe!
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
These pumpkin bars are the perfect ode to fall. Full of pumpkin spice, a touch of maple syrup, and topped with a vegan cream cheese frosting, these secretly vegan pumpkin bars are fluffy, soft, moist, and a delight to enjoy!
Super Easy Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe (Vegan!)
The best healthy apple crisp recipe you’ll ever make! No added sugar to the apples and topped with a cinnamon rolled oat crumble, this easy vegan apple crisp is ready in under an hour, naturally low in sugar, gluten free, and the perfect healthy fall dessert!
Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
This is the BEST vegan pumpkin cake ever! Topped with a silky vegan cream cheese frosting, this pumpkin spice cake is full of cinnamon and fall flavors while being super moist, tender, and rich!
Super Moist Vegan Apple Cake with Cinnamon Caramel Frosting
Super easy vegan apple spice cake topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting and drizzled in dairy free caramel sauce! This caramel apple cake is full of warming spices for a delicious fall dessert!
Super Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
Deliciously creamy vegan sweet potato pie is a twist on the traditional Southern sweet potato pie! Completely dairy free and gluten free, this easy sweet potato pie is smooth and rich while being packed with sweet cinnamon! Perfect for any holiday, Thanksgiving, or Christmas table! Completely vegan, dairy free, and with the option of being Paleo and/or gluten free!
Easy Vegan Pumpkin Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This incredibly elegant and delicious vegan pumpkin roll cake is as amazing as it is easy! With a super moist and soft pumpkin cake rolled between layers of vegan cream cheese frosting, this pumpkin roll cake only needs 6 ingredients and is naturally eggless, dairy free, oil free, and easily gluten free! The perfect Thanksgiving dessert or holiday cake for your table!
Unbelievably Vegan Chocolate Pie (No tofu or nuts!)
This incredibly decadent unbelievably vegan chocolate pie will leave you speechless! So easy to make and just simple 7 ingredients, this vegan chocolate cream pie is a chocolate lovers dream!
Baked Cinnamon Caramel Apples
After a very busy and labor intensive dinner, who doesn’t want this incredibly easy yet absolutely delicious sweet treat?! These baked cinnamon caramel apples are the perfect light yet satisfying fall and Thanksgiving dessert to make if you want the flavors of apple pie but not the work of making it!
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
The easiest vegan pumpkin cheesecake you’ll ever make! Packed with pumpkin flavor, naturally dairy free, gluten free, and nut free, this pumpkin cheesecake is deliciously sweet and light!
Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls aren’t just for breakfast- they can also double as a wonderful after-dinner treat! These fluffy and sweet vegan sweet potato cinnamon rolls are full of the classic fall flavors packed in a light and pillowy sweet roll for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert (that’s not pie!).
Super Easy Mini Apple Pies | Vegan + Gluten Free
These super adorable mini apple pies are SO easy to make and fun for a deliciously sweet fall dessert! Naturally vegan, dairy free, no sugar added filling, and easily gluten free, theses vegan mini apple pies are sweet, gooey, flaky, and perfect for a party, fun fall dessert, or snack!
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